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Equestrian Grants & Scholarships Every Rider Should Know About

The equestrian community is generous, and many people and organizations are invested in the future of our young riders and up and coming professionals. The next generation is the future of the sport itself....

Can a Braid Kill Tradition? The Helmet Hair Debacle

BY KIMBERLY MALOOMIAN Recently, I seemed to have caused quite a ruckus by announcing that I would be wearing my hair down outside of my helmet in a braid for the fore seeable future in...

What They Don’t Tell You About Horseback Riding

BY TAYLOR SANTOSUOSSO  “Try horseback riding lessons,” they said. “Horses keep you out of trouble,” they said. Well, what they don’t tell you about horseback riding is that being a “horse girl” can be hard. Anyone who claims...

5 Game Changing Body Clipping Tips from a Professional Groom!

I can't wait to body clip today... said no person ever! But with professional groom Amanda Geerlinks' body clipping tips, this chore is sure to go off much smoother than ever before.  BY AMANDA GEERLINKS Body...

Irish Horses: the Stuff of Myth, Tragedy & Triumph

BY RESCUE VOLUNTEER DOROTHY COLLIN Horses have been with us here in Ireland since before we were an island. They crossed over the land bridge originally connecting us to mainland Europe ,on the last leg...

Horse Shows Will Resume With New “Lead Changeless” Hunter Division

April 1st, 2020 - Equestrians eagerly awaiting the return of horse show season will have something extra to look forward to—a new hunter division to debut when shows resume. During the extra downtime with...

I Am a Fat Equestrian and I’m Never Dieting Again

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Fat is a tricky word. The dictionary defines it as: noun: a natural oily or greasy substance occurring in animal bodies, especially when deposited as a layer under the skin or around certain...

Over 50 Jaw Dropping Body Clips

Love it or hate it, body clipping season is upon us. Those of us that show don't have a lot of creative input with our clips. The biggest question might be how big to...

What’s Happening to Young Equestrian Professionals?

BY ANN DEMICHELE I was recently reading an article about the hidden lives of Ballerinas during the artist Degas’ life. These ballerinas were portrayed in his very famous paintings. The article spoke about how the...

Horse Bedrooms You’ll Want to Live in No Matter How Old You Are

Most young riders—and let's face it, most grown riders—would happily spend all day in the barn. When you can't spend the night with your favorite horse, the next best thing is a horsey bedroom....

3 Things That Won’t Make You a Better Rider (And 3 Things That Will)

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Even though I've been riding for well over twenty years, nobody would ever consider me an authority on training, equitation, or really anything to do with horse showing. And that would be correct!...

Don’t Let Anyone Talk You Out of Buying a Thoroughbred for the Hunters

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I love looking at warmblood hunters. They're fat, dappled, athletic. A lot of them look like they were absolutely made for the job, like slowly cantering over beautiful hedges is what comes...

What Determines How You Place in the Hunters?

BY DAPHNE THORNTON OF TWO BIT TRAINING We are pretty committed to client education at Two Bit Training. Our unmounted lesson topics range from leg wrapping to taking a temperature and pulse to walking a...

The Ethics of Employment in the Horse Industry

BY DIANNA BABINGTON During the recent winter circuit in Wellington, there was a lot of chatter among professional trainers and riders regarding the arduous task of finding and keeping qualified help to manage barns and...

Why It’s Never the Pony’s Fault

BY PONYMOMAMMY I am firmly in the camp of never blaming the horse/pony when things go wrong. This concept has been engrained in me since I first put a foot in the stirrup, and I...

Touch of Class: Show Jumping’s Great Thoroughbred Mare

BY TPH STAFF The hallways of the hunter/jumper sport are lined with champions, and one of the greatest on the wall is the Thoroughbred mare, Touch of Class. Touch of Class (1973-2001) was everything she wasn’t...

Straight From the Judge’s Booth: Strategies for the Under Saddle

BY R JUDGE SISSY WICKES The more I judge, the more I am surprised that riders do not think more about how to ride an under saddle class. Yes, a good mover is a good...

A Quick Guide to Logistics and Costs With Importing a Horse

BY LAUREN KARDEL OF KARDEL GLOBAL EQUINE For someone who has never done it, importing a horse can seem like an impossible problem to solve. You're flying in a horse, from where? The process isn't...

Ask The Judge: Horse Show Fashion

The hunter and equitation rings can be a hard place for fashion lovers who thrive on finding pieces that bring a new flair to the horse show. From wild colors to crystalized details, riders...

3 Companies That Excel at Outfitting Equestrians of All Sizes

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Some things will always be consistent on the hunter/jumper circuit: fashion trends grab attention with innovative designs and intricate details, and life will throw a curveball to your plans.  Right now, a lot...

It Matters Who You Horse Show With

BY CHLOE HARDGRAVE I was tired. I wanted to go home. I was covered in sweat and tears from the round before. My horse had pushed me past the point of a bad show round....

Modern Equestrian Decor Ideas to Flow Seamlessly With Your Home

If you asked the typical horse lover about interior design, they are likely to suggest styling their home after a luxurious barn filled with hundreds of photos of their beloved horses. We live and...